Northeast Chapter, Pennsylvania Library Association Volunteer, Member of both Membership and Mentorship Committees
What was the last five-star book you read?
I’m still in the process of reading Graham Greene’s “The Power and the Glory,” but I think I can safely give it a five-star rating already! I’m mostly listening to it through Audible on my walks around the neighborhood, and it provides plenty of food for thought.
How have libraries impacted your life?
Libraries, and of course, books, have always been hugely important to me. I started life as a regular story-time attender at my local public library, where I later worked as a page throughout high school. After studying literature in college, it was a natural progression to go to library school for my MLIS. Since then, I’ve loved providing reference services and now, cataloging at the University of Scranton. Libraries are the best!
What activities or hobbies are you enjoying during this time?
As I mentioned, I’ve started taking more walks, even digging out the old pedometer to see if I can make 10,000 steps per day. Sometimes one of my children comes with me, and we’ve had some great conversations while we explore new paths-literally! We just found a path through the woods behind our house that leads to a local park. We’ve lived here for three years and never known it was there!
We’re also eating scandalous amounts of ice cream. Somehow it has become a routine that, when my husband and I go shopping once per week, we bring back new flavors for the family to try. I can’t imagine what would happen here at home if we forgot the weekly ice cream supply! It’s been a fun distraction.
How did you first get involved in PaLA? Did you receive encouragement from anyone in particular?
I’m a fairly new member. The former Dean of our library, Charles Kratz, encouraged me to join in the fall of 2018 and referred me to Sheli Pratt-McHugh. Sheli walked me through the membership process and recommended that I take advantage of PaLA’s mentorship program. I participated as a mentee last year and had a great experience. This past fall, Sheli invited me to join the mentorship committee (which is a subcommittee of the membership committee). My supervisor, Marleen Cloutier, is the current chair of the Northeast Chapter and encourages me to be as active as possible in PaLA. I am already seeing the ways in which my membership benefits me, as I make connections with other librarians across the state and learn from them. I hope to become more involved as time goes on!